FANUC Aims to Close America’s Skills Gap
The company's certification program will train West Virginia's factory workers to work with robots
By RoboticsTrends' News Sources - Filed May 02, 2013

FANUC Robotics America Inc. unveiled details Tuesday of a new training program it will offer in partnership with the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing at its Charleston location.

FANUC showcased industrial robots that manufacturers use, which workers across West Virginia and the region will be trained to use through the new partnership.

"The way for the United States to stem the tide of jobs lost overseas, and to restore its economy, is by investing in manufacturing technologies that make U.S. companies more competitive in the world market," Charlotte Weber, RCBI's director and CEO, said in a news release. "Unfortunately, our nation is suffering from what has been called the 'skills gap,' where there are more high-tech jobs available than workers trained to do those jobs."

The training partnership will help produce more workers with the skills to do those jobs, the news release said.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito and representatives for Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Sen. Joe Manchin also participated in the announcement Tuesday.

Advanced Manufacturing Software by SolidWorks and Mastercam was demonstrated at the event, and officials from Gestamp and Toyota discussed the value of workers trained in the robotics field. Karen Price of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association said that workers need to be properly prepared to fill jobs such as these that are being created in the state.

Launched in 2008, FANUC Robotics' CERT program certifies instructors to train their students to program and operate FANUC robots through on-line and hands-on training courses. Graduates will start their careers with industry-recognized certifications.

 

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